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captioning sponsored by cbs and johnson & johnson, where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations. >> osgood: good morning. i'm charles osgood and this is sunday morning. in this very competitive world, all the glory seems to go to number one. whoever comes in first. but, you know, in a field of improvisational comedy that's not the case because there paradoxically the highest honors go to those who are first among seconds as nancy giles will be explaining in our sunday morning cover story.
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>> reporter: second city. for half a century a who's who of comedy actors, directors and writers have learned the art of improv on its stage. >> i now tell some students, acting students, that they identify the most talented person in the room. if it's not you, go stand next to them. >> reporter: as opposed to competing with them. >> that's what i did. i saw bill murray. hey, can i come along? >> reporter: we cover 50 years of laughs coming up on sunday morning. >> osgood: for the lovers of vampire fiction who read one particular author's debut novel, it was love at first bite. and the books and the films that have followed have only whetted their appetites for more. kelly will recount the saga. >> reporter: after four best- selling vampire novels and two
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box office smashes, author and one-time stay-at-home mom stephanie meyer is now a household name. >> i never dreamed of being a writer. i mean one day i'm just writing a story for fun and the next day i have a career. >> reporter: the improbable rise of stephanie meyer later on sunday morning. >> osgood: tom petty is no small force in the world of rock music. after 30 years at the top he's still creative and outspoken as ever. anthony mason will visit tom this morning. >> reporter: in his 30-year career tom petty has collected plenty of hits and plenty of guitars. >> we were counting before. 144 guitars? >> you only need one. >> reporter: later on sunday morning, we talked to tom petty. stay tuned.
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even if waiting is the hardest part. >> osgood: in thanksgiving's wake, all sorts of experts are ready to offer us the real skinny on healthy eating and dieting. but not always to welcome ears as mo rocca can testify. >> reporter: how does the skinnyiest kid in the neighborhood grow up to be not so skinny? i had a giant... then at lunch i had a chicago... cherry wood smoked bacon. cheddar cheese. >> reporter: later on sunday morning, i learn how lousy my diet is. the cherries, they have to have some nutrition. >> osgood: rita braver explores the national geographic photo archives. david edelstein picks his favorite dvds for the holidays and serena altschul guides us through a gallery of push-pin art. first the headlines for this sunday morning the 29th of november, 2009. president obama has vowed to,
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quote, finish the job in afghanistan. and he's turning to the military to do it. on tuesday the president is expected to announce the deployment of as many as 35,000 troops to afghanistan. the "washington post" says 9,000 marines will be september to taliban strongholds along the southern border. black friday wasn't a red-letter day for retailers. early indications are that sales were up just a half a percentage point from a year ago. still some analysts believe that even that small increase may signal a busier than expected holiday shopping season. police hope to speak to tiger woods today about his thanksgiving night car crash. the golfer was knocked unconscious in the single-car accident. it happened right outside his house near orlando at 2:30 in the morning on friday. woods has not said what led to the crash or where he was goingate at that hour. the death toll now stands at 25 after a high speed train was blown off the rails in russia. investigators say a homemade
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bomb planted next to the track caused friday night's derailment. they labeled the incident a terrorist act but have not yet identifyed any suspects. the white house party crashers want to tell their side of the story but for a price. it remains unclear how michelle and turek salahi got inside last week's state dinner at the white house but we're told they are willing to be interviewed in exchange for about a half million dollars. now for the weather. travelers heading home after thanksgiving should run into many... should not run into many problems although a light rain will fall in the mid west and tennessee valley. there will be storms in south and the east, dry and sunny elsewhere. next, first class comedy of second city. and later, the first lady of vampire fiction. úñyç
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>> osgood: to be first among seconds sounds logically impossible. not so for the members of one hard-working comedy troupe now marking its 50th anniversary. they make names for themselves by making people laugh anyway they can. an alum my of the group can be found in all sorts of places. our cover story is reported now bip contributor nancy giles. >> reporter: just for laughs take steve karol. >> i think that pretty much sums it up. i found that it's at spencer
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gifts. >> reporter: tina fay. >> i'm not over it and now i'm wearing this. what is the deal with my life? >> are you imitating me? >> no. this is what i sound like when i cry. >> reporter: and all these other folks. a virtual who's who of american comedy. what do they have in common? they all came from second city, a powerhouse of comedy theater. full disclosure. that's me in the second city touring company back in 1984. i wasn't exactly in the who's who category. >> turn to the person on your left. now the person on your right. one of those people is going to die. some day. now without saying a word i'd like for you to choose in your mind which you'd prefer it to be. here's the creepy part. someone just selected you. >> reporter: they've been knocking 'em dead for half a
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venturi at second city. >> freeze! >> reporter: 50 laugh a minute years that have spawned two resident companies, four touring companies and theaters in chicago and toronto. >> seriously, teen-aged girls have a negative bod owe image. >> well, six of them girls are right. >> it's like doing shakespeare really. >> reporter: andrea martin performed both on stage and in the comedy series created by second city in 1976. >> can you direct me to the hotel. >> you think of lots of people to have come before me and i'm saying those words and somehow it bolsters you. it makes you feel part of an instant family. >> can you direct me to the
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hotel? >> reporter: what makes a great second city actor? >> well, they have to be smart. >> reporter: andrew alexander, co-owner and executive producer of second city. >> you know, they have to be funny. you know, they have to be prepared to support their fellow actor. >> it all started in chicago. >> the second city. >> the windy city. >> it converted chinese laundry in 1959. >> reporter: it was in the 1930s that a woman had the idea to use improvisational games to teach immigrant kids to communicate. her son, paul sills, second city's first director, put those games on stage. and improv comedy was born. >> what's going on with you? >> just a little upset. >> why? >> what do you think? our 35-year-old son just moved back into our (beep n (house. that's why. >> he loves his job. he loves hi condo. he needs us right now.
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>> i know. it's just that he's cramping my style a little bit. >> how is he cramping your style? >> for one he's got my bathroom pack in half. >> you're in there too long. you're going to hurt yourself. >> second city has defined a process for making funny. >> reporter: kelly leonard is second city's executive vice president. >> what we do is we create triple threats. we create actors who can write, who can perform, and who can improve vies. >> one of you immediately creates a character in full monologue. then everyone else becomes that exact same character. speaking their own mono log. go. >> good. >> reporter: in the '60s and '70s second city's political irreverence and spontaneity attracted a lot of attention. a film maker came to second city in 1969. >> used to iprovize with us during the hearing and
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conspiracy. >> reporter: was he good? >> no. he was a little hefl centered. he did manage to sleep it off though. >> this is my best friend's school. >> hello, al. >> reporter: one of the keys to successful improvisation is sharing the spotlight. >> i now tell some students, acting students, that they identify the most talented person in the room and if it's not you, go stand next to them. i saw bill murray. hey, can i come along. >> reporter: as opposed to competing with them? >> john bluchy. with john on stage, total force of nature. you didn't go up against it. my thought was, how can i serve this amazing talent? >> reporter: he served that by talent by writing blockbuster comedies including animal house, ghost busters and caddy shack which he also directed. >> a cinderella story, this unknown comes out of nowhere to lead the pack. >> i had bill murray for six
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days. i knew he was the best improv actor in america. i thought wherever bill is in the script with no scripted dialogue i'm just going to let him talk. >> this crowd is going to actually hear the cinderella story out of nowhere, a former greens keeper now about to become the masters champion. >> reporter: that was all iprovized? >> fully. >> reporter: amazing. >> first of all i had never done character. >> today we'll be talking about the snake like we'll be talking about the snake, you know. >> reporter: martin short began at second city in 1977 on the toronto stage. he learned to invent characters. zany characters like the nurdy odd ball ed grimly. >> i would come out and be doing this character. i was doing a little bit of my brother-in-law, a little bit of this guy i knew. i knew a guy in high school. he wanted to be a photographer. he wanted to take slides. you can almost draw the notes.
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>> people will come up to me and say, ed, there's a snake. is he a devil? well, a lot of people wondered that. a lot of island people. well, i don't think so. to me, if that isn't a bunch of balogne, why did i just bring two pieces of bread for lunch? >> picking up for the main stage. you're in the right place. >> reporter: of course second city isn't just a star factory. it's a $30 million a year business that goes well beyond the box office. there are improv classes with more than 2,000 students. there's a summer camp for kids. and there's second city communications. where troupe members help launch new products and spice up business meetings and events with a little improv. >> why should we trust you with our investment plan? >> we're an independent firm which is a very honest way of doing business. see, we have no conflict of
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interest. we do not accept kickbacks or gift. in fact i sent a check to the producers of this show for the bottle of water i had in the green room. >> actually, the water in the green room is free. >> i signed my quarterly ethics policy before i came here today. i am not taking any unnecessary risks. >> wow! >> reporter: in some ways second city is just a big school. >> all right, class. i want to talk about the election. this is a very exciting time in american history. we have our first president. >> reporter: like students in high school or high school, performers only stay for three or four years before they move on. >> times are changing. i need you to raise your hand, buddy. >> reporter: fame doesn't come at second city. it only comes afterward if at all. >> we're not trying to own those people forever even though we've helped hone their careers and trained them at a stage when no one knew who
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they were. >> remember, don't make any mention of his legs. he's very sensitive. >> we know, we know, we know. >> reporter: it's been 50 years of laughs. 50 years of trials and errors. of stars and second bananas. >> reminding you that even bad sex is better than no sex at all. >> reporter: and what those 50 years have shown is that second city is second to none. >> thanks for all the credits. >> roll the credits. >> osgood: ahead a deb they're star who was second to none. my bliss? really soft, really smooth lips.
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born in 1904 in bristol, england, archie leach left home in his early teens for a life in vaudeville, theater and eventually the movies. he acquired his stage name and his lady's man reputation. in 1932, he played opposite marlene dietrich in the film "blonde venus." >> this is a dream. i hope i never wake up. >> i seem to remember that you came back stage once before. >> osgood: one year later in the film "she done him wrong" grant played the straight man to may west. >> talk some sense to me. i'm home every evening. >> but i'm busy every evening. >> osgood: in dozens of film opposite beautiful co-stars, cary grant perfected the role of the elegant bachelor, witty and clever and occasionally bumbling and vulnerable. even sometimes adventurous as in the 1959 alfred hitchcock
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film "north by northwest." yet cary grant's life off the screen didn't always match the glamorous image. married five times and divorced four, cary grant lived a very private private life and avoided the press. when a reporter sent grant's press agent a telegram with the query, how old cary grant, grant reputedly answered it himself. old carry grant fine. how you? he took a look at his alter ego. everybody wants to be carry grant. he added even i want to be cary grant. >> osgood: next, a photo album. where do you want to go? nowhere.
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snarlts if one picture is worth a thousand words, how do you begin to talk about a collection of more than 11 million pictures? you begin one at a time as rita braver shows us. >> reporter: the photos can be dazzling. or disturbing. touching or terrifying. cool or quirky. and they all come from just one place.
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the "national geographic" archives. >> in each aisle there's a different collection of images. >> reporter: and this is a treasure. >> it's a beautiful collection we have here. i get enjoyment doing this every day. >> reporter: bill is the guardian of all these photos. >> this is a picture that's never been published. it's sat in our files for decades. >> reporter: but now this photo, taken in india in 1877, and a lot of others that never made it into the magazine, along with many that did, have been compiled in a new book: "national geographic" image collection. >> i pulled hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pictures. i would pull a group out and say, come on down. we would look at them. >> reporter: it was quite a task. because there are 11.5 million images in these files.
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and only about 450 were chosen for the book. so what made the cut? adventure pictures like the one shot by steve alvarez that shows a dramatic descent in a remote cave in oman. >> when the beam of light was just right and i shot that picture, i thought this is the one that's going to be around for a long time. that's the one that explains the whole place. it explains why would you want to explore? you'd want to explore because you can see this. >> reporter: there are mike nicholls' shots of and throw poll gist jane goodall including this one. >> i saw jane interacting with her hand. i'm talking to myself. please, please. i'm getting closer and closer. and then the back light came and it all happened. the reality is that chimp could have grabbed her hair and slammed her head into the cage and tore her to shreds.
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>> reporter: the "national geographic" society and its magazine were founded in 1888 by a group of gentlemen explorers. a year-and-a-half later came the first ever photo in the magazine of an island in the arctic. but it was inventor alexander graham bell, the second president of the geographic society, who really pushed the idea of pictures that tell a story. this book shows photographs that americans thought at a time when there was no television, transportation was so limited. >> it was possibly the only way that many young people growing up could understand what was a whole world outside the borders of the united states. >> reporter: leah van david vow edited the new book. this is the face of a fly. >> isn't that amazing? it was taken in 1910. the technology was not easy in those days to get photographs
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like these. it's a fly like you've never seen one in your life. >> reporter: the book is really a show case for the evolution of photography. >> in the very, very beginning you couldn't even take photographs of live animals. now more and more with the development of the technology, you can get right up close (snarling) close enough to witness lionesses in a ferocious dual. while her husband was shooting movie film, beverly captured this one powerful moment happening right next to her vehicle. >> they were so connected and trapped into this battle that i could turn on my seat and take the photograph. the sound of the two fighting was enormous. >> reporter: also enormous, the change from black-and-white to color. >> this is one of what you call.... >> we here affectionately call this picture a member of the
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red shirt school of photography. >> reporter: it jumps out at& you. the bright colors in those pictures from the '50s and '60s have a different look from the more subtle tints in later photos like this by michael yo manufacture lushka. he says this 2001 scene at a chinese monastery comes alive because of the snow reflecting light on the monks' faces. >> just those little subtle changes, those little details, those little moments that elevate one picture over another. >> reporter: travel may be easier today, but "national geographic" still takes us places we might never go ourselves. and though the camera gear has improved, ryan scary, who specializes in underwater photography, says shooting conditions have not. >> you have to contend with bad weather and animals that
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just don't show up and boats that are breaking down and electronics that don't like salt water. >> reporter: he still managed to shoot this whale shark and friend. and this and so many other photos in the book have you wondering, what exactly is going on here? well, that's what the editors are hoping. >> the accomplishment of the photograph has to do with the beauty, the mystery and without that, why care? the photograph, whatever way it's inspiring, makes us care. that is where art comes in. >> 144 guitars? >> and you only need one. >> osgood: ahead, the music of tom petty. >> osgood: but first the vampire tales of stephanie
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meyer.
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>> it's sunday morning on cbs and here again is charles osgood. >> osgood: no seen in "new moon" is too scary for fans of
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the twilight saga of vampire books and movies. for them it's always been a case of love at first bite. kelly talks with the author who spawned a phenomenon. >> reporter: in the hit film "new moon," a tale of vampires and wear wolves, stella, the movie's heroin learns that some guys just can't take feedback. >> get back now. >> reporter: the movie opened last weekend with a $140 million roar. the third highest domestic film debut in history. "new moon" is the second of four planned movies based on the twilight saga novels of stephanie meyer. the first film last year's twilight made nearly $400 million worldwide. >> are you afraid? >> reporter: celluloid and print have combined to make
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meyer's vampires a cultural phenomenon and stephanie meyer the best selling author of 2008. and while some authors might dream of being hailed like a rock star, rarely does it happen like this. but then again nothing in stephanie meyer's young career as a writer has happened quite the way you would expect. the reason for all the attention on this night was the release of "breaking dawn" meyer's fourth and final novel in her wildly popular series about a girl who falls head over heels for a vampire. in nearly five years, meyer's fans worldwide have gobbled up 85 million books with all the passion of teenagers in love. >> the screaming is always a little bit wow. >> reporter: you have a huge fan base. they're true fans. >> oh, they put the fanatacism
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right back into the word "fan." they are so dedicated. they're loyal. you get so excited. it's not... you wouldn't think it was about books. that's what always surprises me. that's how i felt about books as a kid. >> reporter: meyer spent her childhood in phoenix, one of six children in a conservative mormon household. >> very brady bunch. it was a really nice childhood. my parents were good parents. >> reporter: a role she would soon take on herself as a wife and mother of three. so, did you ever think during that time, there was a writer buried in there somewhere? >> no. >> reporter: you never thought. >> i never dreamed of being a writer. i know that sounds horrible because so many people do and then they don't get this opportunity. but that to me was such a... i mean, how vulnerable is that? to do that. and to try for that because you know you're going to fail. everybody tries for that. >> reporter: but sometimes things really can change overnight. >> i had this completely amazing dream that was just
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all about, you know, first love and all those emotions. it's been a long time since i thought about. >> reporter: what was the dream? >> it was this boy and a girl in a meadow. they were having this conversation that i was eavesdropping on in my dream. it was about how compelled they were to be with each other and yet how hard it for him not to kill her every second they were together. i was just, ooo. >> reporter: the girl who become bella in the novels was just an average teenager. the boy, edward, was a vegetarian vampire constantly fighting his desire to drink human blood. >> i wanted to know more. when i woke up, i was so mad because it was right in the middle. >> reporter: you wanted it to continue. >> i didn't want to call up somebody and say let me tell you about this dream because everyone hates it. i wrote it down and made my dream into a real existence. i was hooked on writing from that ta. >> reporter: the problem wasmeier already had a full-time job. but you had three young kids,
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a very full life, a husband. >> yes. >> reporter: and you're writing a book on the side? while you're making breakfast for the kids. >> and getting my husband off, i was thinking about, you know, what's going to happen? what are they going to say now? it just started coming in so fast. the problem was not being able to type fast enough. every time the kids needed something i was pretty bad. i would like i have to get up and get him an apple. that line was so good. it was hard but it was probably the most enjoyable summer of my life. >> reporter: did you say it was the most unbelievable summer. how long did it take you to write that? >> three months. i started in june and at the end of august i started thinking about, i just wrote a book. >> reporter: getting it published would happen just as quickly. >> i sent out, i think, 15 queries total. i got nine rejeks five no responses and one assistant who pretended to be a go on behalf of an agent who asked to see it.
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october i got my agent and november i had a deal with little brown my publisher. that was like six months. i mean one day i'm just staying up writing this story for fun and the next day i have a career. >> reporter: and a successful one. twilight, meyer's first novel, initially sold 3.5 million copies. and with the release of the filmed version, it became last year's best selling book. her third novel, eclipse, knocked harry potter off the top spot. a milestone that still makes meyer emotional. >> in my head, you know, j.k.roumg and some of the other authors that i've always loved are in this other space. you know, they're in this place where, you know, the real authors. i guess that's how i thought of it. so this put me up there with the real authors. that was, you know, a lot. >> reporter: and just like those of that real author j.k.roumg, the movie based on meyer's novels are turning out to be blockbusters too.
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seeing them on the big screen was a fantasy meyer said she had right from the start. >> before i ever thought of twilight as a book or something that was published i was casting it in my head. i was online like, oh, this guy would be good. >> reporter: new moon will be followed by a third twilight film next summer. >> this is the last time you'll ever see me. >> reporter: and meyer is pondering a sequel to the host, her first novel for an adult audience which is also headed for the big screen. for now though, vampire mania stalks the land. it's been an improbable ride for the woman who created all this. but stephanie meyer isn't worried about falling. does it ever make you anxious at all thinking, oh, my gosh. i'm all the way up here. when you're on the top it's always a long way down. >> you know, it doesn't make me anxious. you have to be afraid of a
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fall. i'm not. i was in a good place beforehand. i have this great family. i live in a place i really love. my life wasn't bad to begin with. it was already good. so if everything goes away tomorrow and no one ever picks up another one of my books and no other movies are made and i just stay in my house and i don't go on tours to italy i'm going to be okay with that. i'm not afraid of anything. >> i'm not scared of you. >> reporter: especially vampires. >> you really shouldn't have said that. >> this is what this tree is called. >> osgood: ahead, one man's green revolution. while i was building my life, my high cholesterol was contributing to plaque buildup in my arteries. that's why my doctor prescribed crestor. she said plaque buildup in arteries is a real reason to lower cholesterol. and that along with diet,
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>> osgood: 200 years ago a man by the name of john chapman became so famous for planting trees and transforming the landscape that we still remember him today as johnny appleseed. some of his spirit lives on today with a man our ben tracy has been to visit. >> always doing my thing, planting trees afternoon greenery. >> reporter: given his name perhaps it is not surprising that brent green knows a thing or two about trees. >> this is a willow tree here, a eucalyptus, limb quid amber. this tree is a (naming the tree) >> reporter: his fondness for
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foliage began early so when his siblings went into careers in law brent became a landscaper. >> i see the world in plants. it's an odd thing. it's just what i do. >> reporter: but when he and his family bought their first house in this los angeles neighborhood six years ago, the color was in all the wrong places. it wasn't exactly welcoming. >> the houses had a lot of bars. there wasn't a whole lot of interaction between neighbors. you like that one and.... >> reporter: so brent worked his magic taking the blank canvas of his home and adding serious curb appeal. his once barrenn backyard is now his family's own private garden. it didn't take long for the neighbors to notice. >> people saw that and said, my god. i would like my home to look like that too. >> reporter: so began brent's green revolution on orange drive. one by one he helped his neighbors revamp their yards. bushes replaced bars and the
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entire street began to bloom. >> american sweet gum. this is what this tree is called. >> reporter: brent's work on his street was part of a larger effort he's been waging for more than a decade. >> on my 30th birthday i wanted to give something back to the city of l.a. i mean, i love this city. i really do. i planted 30 trees that year. >> reporter: he's been planting his trees ever since. this year he's plant 41 more while tend to go rest. >> i feel like my babies. i have to kind look after them. >> reporter: yet some of his neighbors didn't quite understand why brent was so generous with the greenery. >> did they look at you like you were nuts? why are you giving me a free tree? >> some people are like what's in it for you? what's it going to cost. >> reporter: well, each tree is about $20. brent has now paid for and planted more than 426 trees in his part of the city. >> not this baking sun asfault jungle that it once was. >> reporter: but this canopy of color has changed the landscape in ways that brent never imagined. >> the more that i've walked and knocked on doors and
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talked about planting trees, the more it seemed to bring the neighborhood out and about. watch out! >> reporter: his neighbors formed a block watch group, got the city to repaint the fire hydrants, installed speed bumps to slow down traffic and increased police patrols. efforts neighbor laura franklin appreciates. >> being involved, meeting people, talking to your neighbors, it can just transform the place where you live. >> reporter: in fact, overall crime in the area is down nearly 30%. >> the neighborhood looks great, brent. >> reporter: it's made the job for los angeles police officer a bit easier. >> the change has been dramatic. it's a lot safer. you have kids walking up and down the streets instead of prostitutes strolling the streets now. >> reporter: it all started with one man. the older he gets, the more he gives back. >> another baby. >> reporter: kind of like his trees. >> osgood: ahead, 'tis the
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>> osgood: 'tis the season for holiday dvds. and our critic david edelstein has been making a list and checking it twice. >> reporter: say you want to give dvds as gifts, you could play it safe, go for blockbusters, pixar movies. but i say think outside the box office. choosing dvds should be a test of imagination and nerve. you have to be ready for the recipient to say, what the heck is this? and you say, free your mind! here's a criterion box. the golden age of television. eight dramas from the '50s that were broadcast live in front of millions. some became good movies like marty and days of wine and roses, but without the kick of a young paul newman bursting with passion in "bang the drum slowly,".... >> it means i'm doomed.
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>> i know what it means. don't you think i know what it means. the word means fatal. i know what it means. >> reporter: or sweet dopey boxer in rod sterling requiem for a heavyweight. >> how did you do? >> not so good, charlie. i almost went.... >> reporter: a lot of it is clunky and overwrought but half a century on, you still feel the adrenaline. i can't get over the camera moves the director pulled off in "the comedian" with mickey rooney as a blow-hard tv star. >> if my so-called writers are around here they can send this lady back to the laundry. i'll tell you that. >> can you guys do that? i didn't think so. >> reporter: you want to get weird, try two dvds from qino and skip the educational film archive. how to be a man and how to be a woman. social hygiene films from the '50s and '60s. >> anyone can get married. the trick these days is to
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remain single until you're 19. >> reporter: these shorts are hoots but also kind of touching. my cousin the sociology professor thinks when men came back from the war they were so shaken they tried to enforce a so-called normalcy that had never existed. >> boy, has she got personality. >> reporter: for kids, pass up "up" the latest pixar movie which they've seen. and go for michelle osolo's gorgeous "the princess quest" a sympathy of colors that rekindled the wonder of seeing your first rainbow. on blue ray comes the 25th anniversary remastering of my... mif fate concert film. maybe not the best concert but the perfect fusion of style and sound as the director shows a band come together before your eyes. has alienation ever made you
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want so badly to dance? the godfather saga is on blue ray. whenever there's a new technology, i would buy it again. the blacks have never been deeper. i'm giving buster keaton and japanese shoot 'em ups and there's so much. i'm putting a list on our website. this holiday season, i'm going to open eyes. >> i think it's amazing. it's just mind boggling to me. >> osgood: coming up, pushing
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>> osgood: the humble push pin has any number of uses including one that you might
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not have thought of. serena altschul gets to the point. >> reporter: in grand rapids, michigan, all eyes have been on art prize, a new art competition where the viewing public picked the winners. it was a very big deal. more than 1200 artists from all over the world displayed their works. among the top prize winners, open water, a painting, and a sculpture floating on the grand river, and a moose covered in nails, a kinetic field of reads. and these three portraits. >> i think it's amazing. very evocative. >> it's mind boggling to me. >> reporter: would you believe they're made out of push pins. >> very cool. this is so cool. >> reporter: at first glance, they look something like the art of chuck close whose large-
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scale portraits only become clear from a distance. artist eric day's portraits won the $50,000 third prize. >> it's inincredible. it looks like skin when you step away from it. >> reporter: do you get that response a lot? i just can't believe what i'm seeing. >> yeah, i do. i mean that's a wonderful thing to watch somebody not really be able to understand what they're standing in front of. >> reporter: using just five colors, red, yellow, blue, white and black, eric day creates the illusion of skin tone and hair. >> you'll see he's got slightly brown hair and a little bit of it sticking out here. you can make out the nature of the hat he's wearing. it's all these things. you just can't see it here. >> reporter: this is all happening in the brain. >> you're doing the work. >> reporter: because there is no brown here. i'm here to tell you, there's just black and blue and yellow and red. >> that's right. >> reporter: when you pull back, there's a rainbow, you
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know, a huge spectrum of color and depth. >> correct. >> reporter: with his wife, family and friends as models, day takes a photograph first and then breaks down the image into thousands of pixels. and these little red and blue and yellow dots will become push pins. >> that's right. this tells me each dot. this will all be attached to the bulletin board. then tell me where to go line by line. >> reporter: he creates a digital map not unlike paint by numbers, and then begins the pain-staking process of sticking push pins in. >> i mean how is the spacing on that? >> reporter: one at a time. >> good work. now just do that like 10,000 more times and you're done. >> reporter: there are 25,000 push pins in each of the large portraits. push pins were invented in 1900 by ed win moore, a
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student at princeton. it was an idea that would stick. that same year, he founded the moore push pin company outside philadelphia. >> he took a phone graph needle and some glass out of a chemistry lab and made his first push pin. >> reporter: george sampson's grandfather bought the company in 1925 when push pins sold for around 20 cents a box. glass handle, steel point. for photographers, artists to hang up things. >> a do-all. >> reporter: push pins now come in 21 colors and a variety of shapes and sizes. millions are made here every year. these are map tacks. >> map tacks they are. we're making assorted color pack today. >> reporter: did you ever think that artists would be using push pins for their work? >> not until about ten years
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ago when i saw it happen. >> reporter: that's when he got an order from artist. in her woodstock new york studio she creates icons from the '60s with map tacks. >> i walk through the world looking for things that are interesting objects that are readily available, come in a range of colors and you can buy them by massive quantities. >> reporter: there can be 14,000 in just one bandanna. like eric day, she breaks down an image into pixels. >> for me it came out of this contemplating how you could make a pixel real-life object. >> reporter: you might not want to wear this bikini. >> you think it's a bikini and then you see it's map tacks. most people will then say ouch. in my mind i'm raising these materials up to be a serious art material out of the context for which it was intended.
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>> reporter: the simple push pin from office obscurity to art world admiration. ♪ don't do it like that >> osgood: ahead tom petty reaches into his song book. and later.... >> reporter: zero grams of saturated. >> osgood: mo rocca's tips on dieting. for what matters to you. introducing blueprint. blueprint is free and only for chase customers. it lets you choose what purchases you want to pay in full to avoid interest...with full pay. and those you split... you decide how to pay over time. if having a plan matters. chase what matters.
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♪ i'm a bad boy ♪ i'm free, free. >> it's sunday morning on cbs and here again is charles osgood. >> osgood: sounds like free falling have kept tom petty on top of the rock'n'roll heap for three decades now. keeping his fans and making new ones. anthony mason now with a sunday profile. >> this one i actually bought this when i was 18. >> reporter: tom petty only ever wanted one job: to be a
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musician. >> i wrote all my songs for about 20 years. with this guitar. >> reporter: after selling some 60 million albums, he's more than qualified to call himself a rock star. ♪ >> reporter: but he's never really acted like one. ♪ >> reporter: you have this image of being a very kind of late back guy. >> i'm not that laid back. i'm pretty determined. i have a lot of energy. but i just don't always speak unless i have something to say. i don't court the limelight really.
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>> reporter: but petty found the limelight as front man of the heart breakers. a classic rock band that made its reputation in concerts. ♪ >> reporter: the evidence is on their new live anthology which covers three decades of heart breaker performances. it's those live shows that have kept the band in business for 33 years. petty says that's where the blood gets spilled. >> if i thought about the responsibility too much, it would scare me to death. >> reporter: even today the singer still gets nervous before a gig. >> i think if you're going out to, say, 30,000 people and you don't get nervous, there's something not plugged in. you know?
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>> reporter: were you nervous for the super bowl? >> oh, yeah. that's a big gig. >> reporter: yeah. ♪ she was an american girl > his biggest nearly 100 million people watched during the half time show last year. when you were in the middle of it, did you sort of look out at what was looking back at you? >> there were. there were a couple times i remember just going wow. this is a trip. >> reporter: so this is your office? >> well, yeah, i guess you could call it that. >> reporter: we met petty in what he and the heart breakers call the clubhouse. their studio in a los angeles warehouse about an hour from the malibu home he shares with his wife dana. >> we were counting before. 144 guitars? >> and you only need one. >> reporter: so what happened? >> it got a little out of hand. >> reporter: his collection....
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>> this is the one.... >> reporter:... is still growing. >> from the cover of dam the torpedos ♪ don't do me like that >> reporter: dam the torpedos was petty's breakthrough album. one that in 1979 established him as a star. ♪ don't do it like that >> reporter: a song for petty can begin with just this. >> it went like (playing guitar). >> reporter: that's how he started his 1981 classic. >> that's all i had, see. i did that for a week. and then finally (singing) ♪ waiting is the hardest part ♪ ♪ you take it to the heart ♪ the waiting is the hardest
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part ♪ >> reporter: do you know when you've written a good song? >> not always. the bs are the dangerous things. >> reporter: because they can sometime look like as. when do they finally reveal themselves? >> well, in the recording you get a little... if a b is sitting right next to an a, you just can't pull it off. >> reporter: can't hide. >> yeah. ♪ never would come to me >> reporter: he's had more than his share of as, of course. his greatest hits album alone has sold more than 10 million copies. ♪ i'm free ♪ free falling > you were never ashamed of commercial success. >> no. why would you be? who came up with that. >> reporter: there are some artists who think if you get too successful, somehow it
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cheapens you in some way. >> i haven't had that problem. ♪ >> reporter: but he has knocked heads with the recording industry famously refusing to allow his record label to raise the price on his album. there is this theme running through a lot of what you've done and through your music, the whole "i won't back down" theme. >> yeah. yeah, that keeps cropping up. i just like things to be right. >> reporter: growing up in gainesville, florida, petty says he was verbally abused by his father. his anger would fuel his ambition. ♪ he waited until he finished high school ♪ >> i have a problem with authority for a lot of my life. authority figures. ♪ he met a girl out there with
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i had to constantly challenge them. because i felt like maybe i'd been done wrong when i was young. ♪ everybody's got somebody to lean on ♪ > some of his happiest times, petty remembers, were spent with a little hick cup band called the traveling wilburs. working with george harrison, jeff lynn, roy orvison and bob dylan. what's it like writing with dylan? >> he's just as good as you think he would be. i was there for a reason so i had to get past this bob-ness. >> reporter: his bob-ness? (laughing) how do you get past that? it's got to be intimidating sitting down with him. >> well, it is. but he's a person. ♪ it's all right > petty said he felt more like a person in the wilburs.
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>> that was the greatest luxury was to not be the one guy with the spotlight on you. george was the same way. he never wanted to be out front. we used to talk about it a lot. >> reporter: former beatle george harrison became petty's close friend. you described him as one of the funniest people you ever met. >> yeah. he was very funny. >> reporter: which is not how we think of george harrison. >> he had such a amazing keen witt. he was anything but the quiet beatle. ♪. >> reporter: harrison later sang back-up on one of petty's best known songs "i won't back down." he actually made a contribution about one line or at least said he didn't like one line. what happened? >> well, the line got changed to "there ain't no easy way
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out." at the time i didn't have a line there. i kept singing "standing on the edge of the world." he said, hey, that doesn't get it. what's with that? >> reporter: he called you out on this line? >> well, the thought went through. it came out. >> reporter: you changed the line. >> yeah. it made the song better. ♪ ain't no easy way out >> reporter: petty's music which has its roots in the '50s and '60s somehow sounds timeless. petty knows he isn't. you have a birthday coming up next year that some people might consider pretty big. >> 60. >> reporter: you say it easily. >> yeah. well, you know, you're not... if you're not getting older, you're dead. (laughing) >> reporter: the heart breakers are working on
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another album. their first in seven years. the way tom petty sees it, the music will tell him when it's time to go. >> if i get where i'm not good, i'll just... i'll fade into the background because i don't want to be up there if i can't do my gig. now the snuggly softness you love, comes in 2 new scents you'll love too... from snuggle exhilarations! (announcer) it's the difference between waking up... and coming to life. drying off... and snuggling up. with a variety of unique scent combinations, like sweet blossom and pomegranate. exhilarating, freshening,@ ...and softening-- and it costs less than downy simple pleasures! because everyone loves to snuggle!
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>> osgood: it happened this week, the loss of bernard birnbaum, a beloved colleague who died thanksgiving day at the age of 89. >> eyewitness. the drama of big events. >> osgood: he was one of the very first tv news producers, joining cbs news back in 1951. he was with the "cbs evening
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news" with walter cronkite in 1963 when it became america's first.... >> daily half hour news program. >> reporter: and he was among the very first producers here at sunday morning. for bernie it wasn't just about being here. it was about there. in dallas, covering the assassination of president john f. kennedy. >> did you shoot the president? >> i didn't shoot anybody, no, sir. >> reporter: in vietnam covering the long and divisive war. >> let's go get 'em. >> reporter: he was the long- time senior producer for "on the road" with charles kuralt. after first collaborating with charles to produce the memorable christmas in appalachia documentary in 1964. it helped to open america's eyes to the extent of poverty in coal country. >> ask him what he liked best about going to school last year and he will answer you, "lunch."
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this year he doesn't have enough clothes to go to school. >> reporter: bernie was passionate about his work. and the the one man institutional memory of cbs news, the familiar figure in these halls almost until the day he died. bernie was family. our family. he was loved and respected, and he will be missed. and now to harry smith in washington for a look at what's ahead on face the nation. good morning, harry. >> smith: a couple big topics this morning. the cost of the war in afghanistan and the future of the republican party. charles? >> osgood: thank you, harry. we'll be watching. now here's katie couric with a preview of this week's "cbs evening news." >> couric: you have keys for your house and for your car but this man has turned keys into a hobby collecting as many keys to the city or cities as he can.
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assignment america: monday. only on the "cbs evening news." >> osgood: ahead now here on sunday morning.... >> reporter: excuse me. is this healthy? >> osgood: mo rocca, calorie counter. >> reporter: can i get this? >> absolutely not. not on my watch. pure happiness. ♪ i'll stop the world and melt with you... ♪ pure delight. pure delicious chocolate with almonds. pure hershey's. their hopes are as different as their headquarters. their styles as unique as their strategies. for 200 years, the hartford has helped... businesses of all kinds...
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or the lives of others. so we're asking everyone that gets in the driver's seat to keep their hands on the wheel and off their phone. honestly, no message is that important. >> osgood: the real skinny on calculating and maintaining your proper weight can be hard for some people to swallow. just ask our own mo rocca.
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>> reporter: when i was growing up there was no one skinnier than me. i could eat anything i wanted to and i would not put on weight. as a result i never learned how to eat. this is my refrigerator. tropicana, cottage cheese, 2% milk fat. i've got one of these activaia, maraschino cherries and this is about three days old. some takeout. >> so nice to meet you. >> reporter: could this explain why i'm not so skinny anymore? clearly it was time to get some serious thought for food. >> ready. >> reporter: yep. >> step away. we'll get your weight. >> reporter: kathy is a registered dietian and nutritionist. >> 72.5 inches. >> reporter: at the medical college in new york city. >> 185.4 pounds.
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we suggest for most people to have a body mass index which is just a function of your height and your weight. we would like that 25 or below. do you want to guess what your bmi is. >> reporter: i am 23. >> you're bmi is 24.97 so we'll call that 25. >> reporter: i am on the cusp of being overweight. >> yes. >> reporter: a big fat surprise to me. >> right now i'd like to get your waist sir dumb trens. >> reporter: if the scale didn't prove it, the tape measure will. let me gut hang out. >> that's right. >> reporter: viewer discretion advised. >> at he's, soldier. >> reporter: this hurts me more than it will hurt you. >> your waist sir crumb frens is 38 inches. >> reporter: what? i wear 32-inch jeannes. which could only mean one thing. so you're telling me i've got a gut. this was too much stomach for me to stomach.
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how did i get here? then i had a piece of cheese. my food log told the tale. then i had a protein shake where i put milk, two bananas, a bunch of ice cubes, 2% milk and then i ate a protein bar and three cookies. i had a piece of cheese and then a giant jamba. then i had a chicago... cherry wood smoked bacon. cheddar thousand island. then i had a slab of lasagne. one glass of red white wine and nine chocolate covered almonds. then i went to bed. do you want to know what i had on monday? >> okay. >> reporter: not surprisingly kathy took issue with some of my choices. >> i think there were a lot of unhealthy choices in there. >> reporter: and she wasn't giving credit for the green vegetable i had added to my bacon cheddar burger with thousand island dressing. i didn't realize that pickles were the enemy. >> no, they're just not helpful. >> reporter: and help is is
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what i need to reverse course aware from fleshy and back to fit. >> get a good one. >> reporter: yep. >> okay. great. >> reporter: kathy took me shopping. >> first of all i love those little oranges over there. >> the clementines. >> and this is better than a glass of orange juice. >> absolutely. >> reporter: strawberries. >> and the black berrys are the highest in fiber. as you eat a variety of colors you get a variety of nutrients. >> reporter: from fruit to nuts. show me your unsalted nuts. >> we have them integrated. they're all integrated. >> a little handful of raw almonds and a piece of fruit, very healthy. >> reporter: so i love meat and i love cheese. i found i can be flexible in my food choices. >> eight grams of fat. >> reporter: to a point. >> i am not willing to compromise on my cheese. cheese is non-negotiable. >> there you go. that's where you'll get your fat. then we've got to make sure you have lean meat. >> reporter: right.
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is that lean? >> fill it mig non-. >> perfect. >> reporter: i had made some difficult choices. i love balogne. is that okay? >> (laughing) no. >> reporter: and filled in my food color wheel. now that's a lot of color. if i return the oranges, can you get this? >> absolutely not. not on my watch. >> reporter: learning how to food shop responsibly really wasn't that tough. i haven't ever used this drawer. lettuce. cheese. you're required... i required only minor adjustments. i'm ready for some healthy eating except that i don't know how to cook. that's a different segment. when my doctor told me
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we leave you this sunday morning after thanksgiving in the company of wild turkeys, safe and sound at the little missouri national grassland in north dakota.
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i'm charles osgood. please join us again next sunday morning. until then i'll see you on the radio. captioning sponsored by cbs and johnson & johnson, where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations. captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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